I just saw your post on the Pre-Plan post, some how missed it before. Regarding the Captain riding in the rear of the apparatus and the safe zone. The Captain riding in the rear simply allows that person "time" to study the pre-plans and formulate a tentative action plan without being distracted by assisitng the driver. The Captain does not stay on the apparatus as Operations Officer. The safe zone is five feet inside a building to allow the Captain to do an Interior Size-up of conditions before advancing. Flashover pending? Bar joist being attacked by fire? Just wanted to clarify your comments. Thanks.. .